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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 23 (2018) pp 42-49

The Chemistry of Science Fiction

Keith Kostecka

Department of Science and Mathematics, Columbia College – Chicago, 600 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60605-1996,
Received September 9. 2016. Accepted August 8, 2017.

Published: 5 March 2018

Abstract. Few students majoring in such fields as cinema art and science, fiction writing, television, music, dance, etc., take science courses that are rigorous and yet present content in imaginative ways. At Columbia College - Chicago, students receive such an introduction to chemistry and scientific concepts through the practices of reading/analysis of short stories and viewing/analysis of video “clips” featuring chemistry-based science fiction. In addition to other standard classroom methods of evaluation, students complete a final course project to illustrate select chemistry concepts learned. This is accomplished in the course The Chemistry of Science Fiction.

Key Words: In the Classroom; general chemistry; first-year undergraduate, introductory chemistry, multimedia-based learning, non-majors courses and student-centered learning

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